professional regulation


  • Spotlight on personal injury law affects reputation

    Spotlight on personal injury law affects reputation

    Nov 27, 2017

    Over the past year, the practices of the personal injury profession, especially in the areas of billing, referral fees and advertising, have come under significantly more public and regulatory scrutiny.

  • Contingency fee changes to be hammered out

    Contingency fee changes to be hammered out

    Nov 27, 2017

    The benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada are scheduled to vote this week on whether to approve proposed changes aimed at streamlining contingency fee retainer agreements and also increasing protection for consumers who enter into these contracts with lawyers.

  • Benchers to vote on statement

    Nov 27, 2017

    The Law Society of Upper Canada has released a guide that it hopes will clarify its statement of principles requirement.

  • Debate most useful

    Nov 27, 2017

    Any lawyer looking for debate is sure to find it with their peers. The amount of discussion set off over requiring lawyers to sign a statement of principles has been a heady surprise.

  • Kenora lawyer launches $7-million lawsuit against LSUC

    Kenora lawyer launches $7-million lawsuit against LSUC

    Nov 20, 2017

    A Kenora lawyer has launched a $7-million lawsuit against the Law Society of Upper Canada, claiming the provincial regulator maliciously prosecuted him.

  • Judge strikes lawyer’s claim against firm

    Judge strikes lawyer’s claim against firm

    Nov 20, 2017

    An Ontario judge has struck a lawyer’s wrongful dismissal claim against his former firm in a decision that lawyers say shows even practitioners need legal representation.

  • No freedom to remain silent

    No freedom to remain silent

    Nov 20, 2017

    The heated debate over the Law Society of Upper Canada’s decision to require licensees to adopt a statement of principles related to diversity and inclusion has become a distraction from the work that needs to be done. While I am in favour of the requirement, the real issue, from my perspective, is not compelled speech; it is that all lawyers, and especially white lawyers like me, do not have the freedom to remain silent on these issues if we hope to maintain the public’s confidence, irrespective of the obligations our regulator establishes. In the legal profession, promoting diversity is not about political speech or belief; rather, the public rightly expects that the justice system reflects our broader community, and so diversity is at the core of what it means to be a lawyer.

  • Statement of principles challenged in court

    Statement of principles challenged in court

    Nov 13, 2017

    As the Law Society of Upper Canada’s statement of principles is set to face renewed scrutiny at Convocation and in the courts, organizations representing racialized lawyers are questioning why the issue has been reopened in the first place.

  • Law Society of Upper Canada adopts new name

    Law Society of Upper Canada adopts new name

    Nov 6, 2017

    While the Law Society of Upper Canada has forged ahead with changing its name, some lawyers say they felt left out of the process. The regulator’s governing board of benchers voted to change its name to the Law Society of Ontario at its November meeting in order to move away from a moniker critics had said was outdated.

  • Case highlights gaps for immigrant lawyers

    Case highlights gaps for immigrant lawyers

    Oct 30, 2017

    When Philip Okpala first came to Canada as a refugee, he had a hard enough time finding any work, let alone in his chosen profession.

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